This postcard is extra special on multiple levels. Not only is it an original piece of mini-art work but verso, the sender attached a tram ticket! First, back to the painting. Pre-printed postcards for "aquarelles et dessin" were sold during the Golden Age of Postcards, usually in packets of 6, for about 10 centimes, depending upon the quality of the paper. As you can see, this paper has the deckled edge. It is a charming pen and paint drawing of a 'baby rose'! Liliane writes to Mademoiselle Lambert that she sends her sincerest thanks and 'bons souvenirs' (good memories) of Mlle. Lambert's papa. "Friendship to all your family, Liliane Gibaud." Trivial note: Compare the "G" in Gibaud on the back (it looks more like an "F") and then look again at the artist's signature at the bottom of the rose stem. Verso, there is a Havre tramway ticket! It looks to be already punched, so what conclusion do we make? What story do you imagine, reading between the lines here? Don't you just love a good mystery attached to your collectible ephemera!? It has a couple of specks on the off-white background but overall, especially considering its age, this hand-painted postcard is in fine condition. Although not dated or postally franked, I feel confident in saying it is from the turn of the century, likely pre-WWI. It is typical antique postcard size: about 3.5 by 5.5 inches.
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